Foundations of Government Human Resources program

The Public Sector Commission is committed to building the future capacity of the WA public sector. The Commission aims to support that commitment by working collaboratively with public sector agencies to develop human resource knowledge and skills across the sector. The Foundations of Government Human Resources (FoGHR) program has been developed and is mapped to align with the Commission's HR Capability Framework and seven core and eight elective units of competency from PSP40112 Certificate IV in Government (HR).

Upon successful completion of the program you will achieve a PSP40112 Certificate IV in Government (HR).

Program design

The FoGHR program comprises six modules as outlined below. Each module is to be delivered as a one day workshop, one per month over six months. The workshops will include face-to-face delivery, scenario-based and active learning, pre and post workshop learning activities and facilitate on-the-job application.

Module 1 - Human resource management in the public sector

This module introduces you to the framework of Human Resource Management (HRM) within the WA public sector. Contemporary HR theory is balanced with specific information surrounding the systems and structures of the WA government, relevant legislation and the employment framework.

Module 2 - HR Planning in practice

This module introduces you to what is involved in effective HR planning within the WA public sector environment. An understanding of areas such as organisational strategy, data analysis and workforce planning will assist you as a HR practitioner to contribute to the delivery of HR business in support of your agency’s strategic goals.

Module 3 - Employment in practice

This module introduces you to the framework for managing the entry of employees into the WA public sector. Contemporary HR theory is balanced with specific information surrounding organisational and job design requirements, recruitment instruments, and other legislative requirements.

Module 4 - Managing performance

This module introduces you to Performance Management theory, practice and application within the WA Public Sector. Contemporary HR theory is balanced with the application of relevant legislation, Public Sector Standards in Human Resource. Management and understanding how managing performance aligns the individual's performance with organisational objectives. Participants will also gain an understanding HR standards that guide grievance principles and processes.

Module 5 - Developing people

This module introduces you to the theory, practice and applications of the development of people and working within the WA Public Sector. The emphasis is on how your role as an HR Practitioner contributes to learning and development strategies and practices in order to develop and maintain a highly skilled workforce, including setting the scene on day one through induction and orientation to how you work with managers to address performance challenges.

Module 6 - Employee wellbeing

This module introduces you to the strategies and activities that contribute to workplace occupational safety and health, employee wellbeing in a positive and sustainable work culture and the contribution to organisational objectives through contemporary Occupational Safety and Health theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

Applications for 2016

2016 Program Schedule:

Foundations of Government Human Resources 2016 intake dates

Orientation Session - Managers and Participants Thurs 17 March 9:00am – 10:30am 
Module 1 HRM in the Public Sector Thurs 31 March 9:30am – 4:00pm
Mentor Program - Meet Your Mentor Workshop Tues 26 April 8:30am – 10:00am
Module 2 HR Planning in Practice Thurs 12 May 8:30am – 4:00pm
Module 3 Employment Pratice Thurs 30 June 8:30am – 4:00pm
Module 4 Managing Performance Thurs 11 August 8:30am – 4:00pm
Mentor Program - Mid Program Networking Event Tues 6 September 8:30am – 10:00am
Module 5 Developing People Thurs 22 September 8:30am –4:00pm
Module 6 Developing People Thurs 3 November 8:30am – 4:00pm
Graduation Thurs 23 February 2017 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Agency investment

The investment for agencies for 2015 is $1,120 (GST exempt) per participant.

2016 Regional and Aboriginal scholarship opportunities

To encourage the development of a diverse and inclusive human resource profession that can effectively support the future needs of the sector, the Commission is pleased to offer eight scholarship opportunities for the 2016 FoGHR program.

Scholarships include:

  • Six full regional scholarships for Public Sector officers from the regions with HR responsibilities with a preference towards Aboriginal employees. The scholarship includes program fee, travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
  • Two metropolitan scholarships for Aboriginal Human Resource practitioners. The scholarship covers the full program fee of six modules.

Please refer to the Scholarship guidelines and Information Flyer for further details.

How to nominate:

Interested aplicants are encourage to read the Information Pack and the Scholarship guidelines. Applications can be made by completing the 2016 FoGHR Application form.

Nominations close COB Friday, 29 January 2016.

More information

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Project Manager (08) 6552 8500 or email us at

Foundations of government human resources mentoring

Mentoring is designed to provide all the program participants with a supportive environment to transfer knowledge and share experiences as they complete the program.

Mentoring requires openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share. It encourages participants to form networks with experienced HR professionals within the public sector with an aim to encourage career and professional development. The aim of the mentoring is to support participants on their learning journeys as they complete the requirements for the program.

Volunteer as a FoGHR mentor

The Commission is keen to hear from experienced HR professionals who would like to volunteer as a mentor. This is an opportunity to share your experience and expertise, build networks, enhance your own mentoring and coaching skills, contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD) and provide other opportunities for collaboration.

If you feel you may have something to offer please complete the Application Form and submit it c/-

If you have any queries about FoGHR Mentoring, please refer to the Toolkit which includes frequently asked questions or contact the Project Manager on (08) 6552 8000 or email We would love to have you on board!

Page last updated 19 November 2015